We learned a lot at the prevent and reverse heart disease conference. Heart disease remains the number on killer of men and women. It is a disease that need not exist. There are countries where heart disease is nil and these countries eat plants not animals. The key to making your self heart attack proof is to protect your endothelium, which is the lining of all of your blood vessels and to keep your cholesterol below 150. Your endothelium will either be like Teflon or like Velcro. You can only guess that when you are talking vessels and blood flow that Velcro is the way to be.
What destroys your endothelium and makes your blood vessels like Velcro and your blood sticky? Any animal product (meat, dairy, eggs), any oil (olive, canola, coconut, etc) caffeinated coffee, refined grains and sugar.
Wow… that’s a lot! Do I have to give it all up? YES
But what can I eat?
You can eat every kind of fruit and every kind of vegetable, WHOLE grains, legumes and you may have water, tea, and alcohol in moderation.
If you have established heart disease you will need to avoid nuts, seeds, and avocados also.
You can read all about it in the PREVENT and REVERSE HEART DISEASE book by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.
The conference was great and we had a delicious salad of kale, napa cabbage, mango, blueberries, and edamame! The secret was the dressing and here is the recipe! YOU WILL NOT MISS THE OIL!
This recipe is one serving of HUMMUS SALAD DRESSING from the ESSELSTYN FAMILY
2 Heaping TBSP Hummus (with not oil or tahini)
2 TBSP quality balsamic vinegar (olive tap brand is bomb)
1/2 Tsp of quality mustard (I prefer dijon)
Whisk it together and pour it on your favorite salad!